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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Milan Kundera

A new edition of the seminal novel by a literary master, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first publication.

36 in stock

£9.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571357734
Date Published
03.10.2019
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Summary

A new edition of the seminal novel by a literary master, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first publication.

‘One is torn between profound pleasure in the novel’s execution and wonder at the pain that inspired it.’ Ian McEwan

‘A masterpiece.’ Salman Rushdie

This book is a novel in the form of variations. The various parts follow each other like the various stages of a voyage, leading into the interior of a theme, the interior of a thought, the interior of a single, unique situation the understanding of which recedes from my sight into the distance. It is a book about laughter and forgetting, about forgetting and about Prague, about Prague and about the angels.

Critic Reviews

An urgent, stunning book; it teaches us that when we die, what we lose is not the future but the past. I think of Kundera as the great modern descendant of Gogol and Kafka.

Carlos Fuentes
Critic Reviews

A whirling dance of a book . . . Kundera is a self-confessed hedonist in a world beset by politics, and his marvellous novel mingles a hedonist’s love of eroticism, fantasy and fun with knife-sharp political satire.

Salman Rushdie
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The French-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in France since 1975. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, The Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves — all originally in Czech.…

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